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Thailand Tiger Temple: Bodies of tiger cubs found

Temple operators could face criminal charges for storing the cub carcasses says an official

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Publish Date: Jun 2 2016 3:16PM | Updated Date: Jun 2 2016 3:16PM

Thailand Tiger Temple: Bodies of tiger cubs found

Controversial "tiger temple" - Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, is facing criminal charges after the bodies of 40 tiger cubs were found on its premises. Wildlife authorities of the country are accusing the temple for wildlife trafficking and animal abuse.

 

Thai police made the grim discovery while removing around a dozen adult cats from the infamous temple, which had been a popular tourist attraction until it was raided by the authorities.

 

National parks official Adisorn Noochdumrong said that the temple operators could face criminal charges for storing the cub carcasses without permission.

 

For decades the temple has been wildly popular among visitors to Thailand as it allowed them to pose for photographs with the animals or help them exercise.

 

But its monks have faced wave after wave of controversy over the alleged abuse of the tigers, with activists claiming the temple was a "living hell" for the animals.